A master chef is always learning. He’s constantly looking back to see where he can improve. At the end of a chef’s career he’s picked up skills only attainable by a true iron chef. It’s incredible to look back and see the progress of these chefs starting from day one to the end.
With the election decided I believe it’s time for this iron baker to step down. And just as a last little farewell I’m going to take you back on this journey to see my highs and lows.
With the topic of unemployment being as broad as it is, I wasn’t sure where/how to start my blog. The first few posts I looked at the details of both candidates. And I continued to do this for a number of posts, it wasn’t until after my analysis post that I realized I had to change my focus, and look at the other aspects of unemployment, like unemployment benefits, the goals of the economy, and unemployment numbers, and see how they affected the election. When I decided to use a single post to focus on an unemployment issue I started to feel my blog becoming more focused. For example, a had a post specifically on investment plans for both candidates. This allowed me to focus on the details of this one aspect, rather than trying to fit it in to a broad overview of the candidates’ stance.
I was able to do continue relating everything back to the election for a while, but after some time I found my self having writer’s block A LOT, mainly because I wasn’t confident in what I was trying to convey. I wasn’t very knowledgeable about economics, and unemployment. It wasn’t until I started to do more research that my confidence in my writing started to grow. Initially I found my self reading an article, or biased campaign propaganda, and using that to make very broad assertions. The problem was I didn’t have a method of double checking my sources because for the most part they were news articles, like the Huffington Post, or the New York Times. But, that all changed when I found factcheck.org. This fact checker allowed me to check all the claims that seemed iffy, so that I could write clearer, and not make as many assertions. So, throughout this month I believe my biggest point of improvement came in stating ideas and supporting them with facts, rather than making broad assertions, which can be seen when we compare my pre-analysis posts and post-analysis posts.
If I were able to go back and change something I would try to keep my self from being influenced by political propaganda. I feel like the glorious, and many times incorrect, language the candidates used to describe their plank influenced my writing greatly.
This project also helped me learn exactly what bias was, and how it applied to this writing style. I learned that it is possible to take a stance on an issue and still be unbiased as long as everything stated is supported by facts. I also learned that bias has more to do with being accurate in your descriptions, and being precise in your language.
I am very glad I did this project, because it helped me decide who to vote for. After I did research and realized I didn’t know all the facts, and was actually thinking about voting for the wrong candidate. So this project opened my eyes and influenced my vote greatly.
Overall I really liked keeping up with this blog. And I learned a lot about how to write a blog, and how the American economy works, and for that I’m grateful!
This is the Iron Baker putting down the ladle for the last time, and wishing everyone good eats! 🙂